By Tony Khing
PG&E’s PowerPathway program, which successfully develops individuals for high demand positions at PG&E and throughout the energy and utility industries, is the focus of a story in today’s (Jan. 13) National Journal.
The story, part of National Journal’s week-long series on programs trying to tackle America’s unemployment crisis, centers on PowerPathway graduate James Aton and his path to employment at PG&E. Aton, who was discharged from the Navy due to budget cuts, enrolled in PowerPathway and was eventually hired by PG&E as a gas utility operator. “It’s giving me an opportunity to rebuild,” said Aton.
PowerPathway was created in anticipation of the impending retirement of many of PG&E’s older workers. The upcoming employment situation was described in the story as the “silver tsunami” by PowerPathway and Workforce Development Senior Manager James Morante. The Aspen Institute estimates nearly half of the country’s skilled energy and utility technician workers will need to be replaced by 2015.
PowerPathway has greatly benefited veterans looking for new careers. In 2013, 100 of 250 program graduates were veterans.
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